Following a brief ceremony by community officials, the ribbon was cut and the kids cheered while parents applauded as the playground officially opened to dozens of children anxiously waiting.
Community Manager Dawn Talley thanked residents for their patience during the construction process and recognized the builder of the structure, which Talley said includes additional climbing elements to appeal to multiple age groups.
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“Enjoy and I hope everyone loves it,” she said just before the park opened.
The December blaze became a catalyst for the formation of a temporary Phoenix fire station to better serve the Norterra area with additional coverage and improved response times. The station, which operates out of of the Residence Inn just south of Happy Valley Road, will remain operational until a permanent Fire Station 55 is built at Interstate 17 and Jomax Road, a project slated for completion in late 2019, officials have said.